Convict Ship Eliza (III) 1828
Convict Ship Index
|Embarked 158 men
Voyage 143 days
Surgeon's Journal: yes
Previous vessel: City
of Edinburgh arrived 12 November 1828
Royal George arrived 24
Captain William Douty (Doutty)
|The Eliza III was made of teak
and built in Java in 1815. This was her first voyage bringing
convicts to New South Wales.
James Patton R.N. commenced a
Medical Journal on 10 June 1828. The first patient on his sick
list was Private John Campbell of the 63rd regiment who was treated
on 11 June for an injury he received to his leg on the march from
Chatham to Woolwich.
Private George Eggleton was treated on 20th June.
June 1828 fifty-eight prisoners were received from the Justitia
Hulk at Woolwich. The total of prisoners embarked was 158 men.
The Eliza departed England on 29 June 1828. Private James Duguin of the 63rd was treated by the surgeon when the vessel was
still in the Channel on 3rd July 1828.
The first death was
that of John Palmer who died on 20th July 1828. Between the 12
October and 8th November there were over 40 cases of dysentery (all
convicts). The illness was so violent that it caused the death of
several men in the short space of four days. Deaths mentioned in the
John Oakes died 24 October;
died on 24th October;
James Coulter died 31st October;
Egan died 16th November;
George Ainsley died 16th November ;
George Whittaker died 19th November.
James Patton attributed
the high number of dysenteric cases to several causes......
unusual length of the voyage;
143 days on salt provisions;
the ship sailing very indifferently;
and from the cold, damp and
The Eliza arrived in Port
Jackson on 18th November 1828.
The convicts were mustered by the Colonial Secretary
Alexander McLeay on 20th November 1828. A total of eight prisoners
had died on the voyage out and another four were sent to the
Hospital on arrival in Sydney. (William Baker, Samuel Clay, William
Johns and James Scholes). Edward Burke one of the soldiers on board
was sent to the Military hospital in Sydney.
The indents include the name, age,
religion, education, marital status, family, native place, offence,
occupation, place and date of trial, sentence, prior convictions,
physical description and where and to whom assigned on arrival.
There is also occasional information regarding relatives in the
colony, deaths and colonial crimes.
The indents reveal the
names of the juvenile offenders. The youngest was Charles Pennycard
who was only 10 years old. Robert Edwards and William Telford were
both 14 and John Roach and Thomas Storer were both fifteen. All
these boys were sent to the Carter's Barracks on arrival. There were
also two other fifteen year olds who were assigned to settlers -
James Wilson and Ellis Walsh.
The Guard consisted of 30 men
of the 63rd regiment, accompanied by 3 women and 6 children under
the orders of
Major Sholto Douglas and Ensign Church.
Lieutenant William Thomas Napier Champ also arrived on the
Wednesday 19th November they were landed and marched up the town to
their quarters to the beat of the drum and fife.
Select here to find convict ships
bringing detachments of the 63rd regiment.
sailed for London direct in December 1828
1). James Patton was also employed as surgeon on the
convict ship Persian to VDL in 1827
of the convicts arriving on the Eliza have been identified
residing in the Hunter region in the following decades. Select
HERE to find out more about convicts/ passengers in the Hunter
Seventeen convict ships arrived in New South
Wales in 1828 -
Marquis of Huntley,
Countess of Harcourt,
Marquis of Hastings,
City of Edinburgh,
4). Return of Convicts of
the Eliza assigned between 1st January 1832 and
31st March 1832 (Sydney Gazette 28 June 1832).....
||Servant, butler and cook. Assigned
to John McArthur at Camden
5). Convict ships bringing detachments
of the 63rd regiment -
|Date/ Place of Departure
||Officer of the Guard
|3 May 1828 London
Countess of Harcourt
||Lieutenant Christopher Dexter
|1 June 1828 Sheerness
||Lieutenant M. Vickery
|29 June 1828 London
||Major Sholto Douglas
|30 June 1828 London
|26 August 1828 Spithead
||Captain J. Briggs
|1 September 1828 Devonport
|21 September 1828 Cork
||Lieutenant J. Gibbons Lane
|16 November 1828 Dublin
||Captain D'Arcy Wentworth
|2 January 1829 Falmouth
|5 January 1829 London
|14 March 1829 London
||Lieutenant T. Grove
|8 April 1829 Woolwich
||Adjutant T. Montgomery
|22 May 1829 Spithead
||Ensign W.J. Darling
|12 July 1829 Dublin
||Lieut McLean 89th
|16 August 1829
|24 August 1829 London
|29 August 1829 London
|30 September 1829
||Lieutenant John Gray
|14 October 1829 Spithead
Katherine Stewart Forbes